Welcome to the Carl J. Lamb Elementary School Library blog! Our K-6 school is part of the Sanford School District, located in southern Maine. The posts below highlight the learning that is happening in our library. Please feel free to tell us what you think by leaving a comment. Happy reading!Filed under Uncategorized | Comment (0)
The beginning of a new month (December) brings lessons about the next step in the information problem-solving model, the Big6. At Stage 2, “Information Seeking Strategies,” we determine all the possible sources we can use to help us. Sources can be informational books and magazines, reference books such as encyclopedia (print and online versions), informational websites, and/or experts on our topic. Then we must select the best sources. For the younger student, the expectation is to recognize the difference between fiction and informational text and to select the latter. For the older student, the expectation is to consider the relevancy, appropriateness, detail, currency, authority, and bias of a source when making a selection.
Last week Mrs. Sullivan’s second graders watched a giant panda at the National Zoo via a web cam. Next they sorted story and information books about pandas before learning about encyclopedia. The students each got a volume of the Heinemann First Encyclopedia to explore. They found each volume contains articles about famous people, places (states, countries, and continents), and things (animals and objects). Then they read copies of the “Panda” and “China” articles.
Mrs. Labbe’s third graders learned how to use Destiny Quest, the library’s online catalog, to find books on a topic. A search for “pandas” got 22 results. The students knew they needed informational text. Mrs. Miliano modeled how to use a book’s call number to determine whether the book is fiction or nonfiction. The third graders practiced recognizing books as fiction or informational by their call numbers. Then they selected the best sources from among the informational texts.
Mrs. Paradis’s fourth graders are learning about Maine. During their Big6 lesson, the students determined the relevance of the first ten results of a Destiny Quest search for Maine. They disregarded books about Maine Coon Cats and considered informational books about the state. Mrs. Miliano then introduced the online encyclopedia available through MARVEL, “Britannica Online School Edition (K-12).” The students viewed the wealth of information (articles, images, related articles) found in a search for Maine.
Ms. Oakes’ class is learning about landforms so her fifth graders explored the results of a book search on that topic in Destiny Quest. Then Mrs. Miliano introduced the website search feature available in Destiny Quest. The students reviewed the first ten results and determined which are most relevant to their exploration of landforms. Mrs Meehan’s fifth graders did the same activities with their current social studies topic, the U.S. Constitution.
The digestive system, a sixth grade science topic, was the topic used in the lesson with Mrs. Brown’s sixth graders. The students practiced determining the relevance, authority, detail, currency, and purpose of the websites found in a Destiny Quest website search.Filed under Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6 | Comment (0)
Last week’s competition was an estimation contest. Students and staff were challenged to estimate the number of pull tabs in a large container. A bag of 1,000 tabs was on display as a hint. No one estimated the exact amount of 6,400 tabs, but fifth grader Garrett was the closest with his guess of 6,378 tabs. He wins a musical holiday house.
The pull tabs used in this contest were collected by students and staff. Kindergartners in the Purple Room contributed most of them this time. The tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Portland.
The kindergartners were introduced to the Caldecott Medal last week. The prestigious award is given to one illustrator each year for creating the best illustrated book for children. The award is named after Randolph Caldecott, an illustrator of children’s books in the 1800’s, and features one of his illustrations on the medal. The children experienced two Caldecott Medal winners, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes and My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann. They also learned the “Caldecott Song.” After selecting new library books to take home, the children designed their own version of the Caldecott Medal on white paper circles.Filed under Grade K | Comment (0)
In Mrs. McCall’s class, the children participated in elf-related activities last week. During the class’ library visit, the children enjoyed to two Christmas stories: The Three Bears’ Christmas by Kathy Duval and Santa Duck by David Milgrim.Filed under Mrs McCalls class | Comment (0)
Mrs. Gallagher’s class continues to investigate informational text. During their most recent weekly visit, the children learned about nonfiction books that use a comparison text structure. For example, in the book Then and Now by Claire Llewellyn, each two-page spread presents information about an invention (such as the car, phone, camera, etc.) in the past and nowadays. The accompanying photos visually reinforce the similarities and differences between the two versions of the invention. Other texts, such as Mary M. Cerullo’s Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea, have a more complex comparison structure. She presents information about the discovery of the shipwrecked Henrietta Marie in the tropical waters off the shore of Florida in one chapter and information about the sea life that inhabit the wreck in the next chapter. These are followed by a pair of chapters about The Portland, a ship located in the icy waters off the coast of Massachusetts, and the sea creatures that inhabit the wreck now. Cerullo combines history and science in her comparison of the two shipwrecks and the sea life that currently calls them home.Filed under Grade 4 | Comment (0)